Bloodright : Rise of the Border Princes
The Mangai is the joint association of all Argothic guilds. Its primary function is to regulate guilds, settle any disputes between them, and make any recommendations it deems appropriate concerning guild rights and privileges to the governments of Argoth. A crucial function of the Mangai is its exclusive right to sponsor and organize all fairs and markets in towns and settlements., appropriate fees being paid to whomever governs the settlement for this right. The Mangai recoups its investment by charging fees (usually 1sp per day) to all who wish to sell their wares in the markets and fairs. The Mangai holds triennial conventions, attended by synics and/or guildmasters of every Argothic guild. This convention moves from one town to another; the next is scheduled for Fairhaven in 1051 TR.
The traditional symbol for The Mangai, is a powder blue flag, meant to be a peace banner, symbolizing a desire to trade. The banner is seen wherever the Mangai is based, and is widely used by merchants meeting potential traders on the roads. In Argothic heraldry, this color is reserved for the sole use of the Mangai.
Charter of the Mangai
The document delineating the rights and privileges of the Mangai. The cahrter was modelled on laws pertaining on the continent of Lythia, and was first proclaimed as law in the city of Corannos in 421 TR. The principles of the Charter had already been established for almost a century by the Court of Penticles. While the Charter is, officially, legislation amendable only by the governments of the various states that have adopted it, in practice, they will usually make any changes advised by the Mangai as a matter of course.
The Court of Penticles
Established in 349 TR in the Coranik Empire during the reign of Leontius the Eternal, the Court of Penticles was, at first, an economic advisory body to the developing Imperium. Continually evolving, its financial influence spread over the whole of Argoth as it gradually came to represent the interests of the “middle class”. Effectively mediating between the governments and the nascent guild “system”, the Court became an international organization and proved it could best administer most commerce. In 412 TR, it was renamed the Mangai.